Bethel Home officials hold ground-breaking
By CHUCK CLEMENT, Staff Reporter
Madison's Bethel Community made the first step toward its latest expansion with a ground-breaking on Thursday morning construction of multiple patio homes and apartments.|
Construction is scheduled to start this month on two duplex patio homes, four new apartments, and garages on the south side of the property where Bethel Lutheran Home is located.
Keppen Construction, the project's general contractor, has a Feb. 1 deadline for completing the apartments and garages. The contractor also has a May 1 deadline for finishing the duplex patio homes and their single-car garages.
According to Jim Iverson, Bethel Home's administrator, tenants are already lined up to rent all of the patio homes and apartments, and a waiting list exists for the facility's housing programs.
Iverson said the interest that many seniors have in Bethel's housing centers on the availability of some help with living arrangements, while the renters and owners of the cottage homes keep a certain amount of independence.
To help those Bethel residents who want it, the facility will have a wireless nurse-call system installed in the new patio homes, old and new apartments, and garage area.
Bethel Home already operates a 12-unit apartment complex. The facility can also provide housekeeping, maintenance, home health and transportation to medical appointments if the residents desire those services.
Dale Shumaker of Howard, a member of the building committee, said Bethel officials didn't have a difficult time in deciding to commit to a construction project, but it was harder to determine the size and shape of the project.
"We already have people interested in moving in," Shumaker said. "We had more work in making sure that we got it right and what the best design would be.
``Another good thing about it is that it gives people the opportunity to be part of the Bethel community."
The projects will also provide a stable revenue source for Bethel Home since funding for the Medicaid program has taken on an air of uncertainty in recent years.
Shumaker served on the building committee with Lowell Larson of Chester, Mark Schultz of Colman and Sherry VanLiere of Madison.
Mayor Roy Lindsay of Madison participated in the ground-breaking ceremony and pointed out that Bethel Home's project is one item on a list of additions to the city. Lindsay planned to attend the Madison Community Hospital ground-breaking on Thursday afternoon, and he noted that the workers were finishing the renovations at Madison High School.
"It's a fantastic time to see the growth of Madison and showcase our city to other people," Lindsay said.
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